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More award nods for King's Speech

2010-12-16 19:11
Los Angeles - British historical drama The King's Speech won its second awards boost in days on Thursday, taking four nominations from the Screen Actors Guild (SAG).

The Fighter, about a young Irish-American boxer, also earned four nods for the SAGs awards, while lesbian parenting movie The Kids are Alright and ballet-themed thriller Black Swan garnered three nominations each.

Facebook blockbuster The Social Network won two nominations, as did True Grit starring Jeff Bridges and Winter's Bone for the SAGs, whose nominations were announced two days after the Golden Globe announcements.

The SAG award winners will be announced at the actors' body's annual show on January 30.

The King's Speech, about George VI's stammer, took seven nods for the Globes on Tuesday, while The Social Network and The Fighter both garnered six Globes nominations.

Oscar indicators

Both the Golden Globes and the SAGs are seen as key indicators to which movies will do well in the Academy Awards, the top Hollywood movie prizes whose Oscar statuettes are handed out in February.

In Thursday's announcements, best ensemble cast performance - the SAGs equivalent of best film - went to The King's Speech, The Fighter, The Kids are Alright, Black Swan and The Social Network.

Best actor nods went to Bridges for True Grit, Robert Duvall for Get Low, Jesse Eisenberg as Facebook's Mark Zuckerberg in The Social Network, Colin Firth for The King's Speech, and James Franco in 127 Hours.

Best actress nominees were Annette Bening for lesbian mom in The Kids are Alright, Nicole Kidman in Rabbit Hole, Jennifer Lawrence in Winter's Bone, Natalie Portman in Black Swan, and Hilary Swank in Conviction.

TV nominees

The contenders for best supporting actor are Christian Bale for The Fighter, John Hawkes for Winter's Bone, Jeremy Renner for The Town, Mark Ruffalo for The Kids Are All Right and Geoffrey Rush for The King's Speech.

On the actress side, supporting nominations went to Amy Adams for The Fighter, Helena Bonham-Carter for The King's Speech, Mila Kunis for Black Swan, Melissa Leo for The Fighter and Hailee Steinfeld for True Grit.

On the small screen Al Pacino won a nod for best actor in a TV movie or miniseries for his role in HBO's You don't know Jack, along with John Goodman from the same movie, Dennis Quaid in The Special Relationship, Edgar Ramirez in Carlos and Patrick Stewart in Macbeth.

Nominations for best female actor in the same TV category went to Claire Danes, Catherine O'Hara and Julia Ormond, all in Temple Grandin, as well as Winona Ryder in When Love is Not Enough: the Lois Wilson Story and Susan Sarandon in You Don't Know Jack.

The SAGs are chosen by the Guild's more than 100 000 members.

The Golden Globes are selected by Hollywood Foreign Press Association members, while the Oscars are chosen by the elite Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Scientists.

The SAG awards have a slightly better historical record of predicting who will win Oscars.

Since they started presenting their gongs in 1995, 43 winners of an Actor, as the SAG award is known, have gone on to win Oscars, compared to 40 Golden Globe laureates over the same period.

The Golden Globe winners will be announced at a star-studded show on January 16, while the Academy Awards will be presented on February 27.
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